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Penrose-St. Francis Hospital is one of 45 hospitals in Colorado that is participating in the “5 Million Lives Campaign,” a nationwide effort designed to curtail practices that lead to patient injuries and death.
To support the nationwide effort, designed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Colorado Trust has given participating Colorado hospitals and support groups grants totaling $3.9 million. Continue Reading Colorado Trust grants aimed at improving patient safety

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As northern El Paso County gets ready for the opening of a second new hospital, residents in the southern section of the county are feeling the strain from lack of medical services.
“We’re grossly underserved out here,” said Lisa Cochrun, economic developer for the City of Fountain. “According to the assessment we had done of the impact of the new Fort Carson soldiers and their families, we’re going to have a huge need for medical services.” Continue Reading Fountain getting the short end of the health care stick

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The Partnership for a Healthy Colorado has launched a Web site, www.healthypartnership.org, and a radio advertising campaign to highlight health care reform and attempt to engage people in the health care reform process.
The push comes as the governor’s commission on health care reform is preparing to meet a January deadline to report to the legislature about proposals for reforming the state’s health care system. Continue Reading Healthy Colorado launches insurance education drive

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Growing green by cultivating red

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The keys to operating a successful joint venture in China are knowledge and understanding, but neither is easy and neither is cheap — and acquiring both can be frustrating, especially when the odds are likely that the partnership will fail.
The first step in building a partnership is performing due diligence and in-depth research, something that most small businesses are not equipped to do, but something that is absolutely essential. Continue Reading Growing green by cultivating red

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The Colorado Trust has pledged $1 million to the state’s secondary schools to boost school-based health centers.
The grant will be awarded to communities through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The money will be used for direct services at the centers. An additional $250,000 will support a School Health Leadership Task Force to create a comprehensive plan to strengthen the system of integrated school health. Continue Reading Trust awards $1 million to expand school-based health centers

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Kevin Johnson, co-owner of Elope Inc. in Colorado Springs, has a partnership with a Chinese factory that makes the company’s costume hats, sunglasses and other accessories.
When Johnson initially considered China as a place to manufacture, he had no connections, but he did speak the language.
“And in 1995, when we first started, that was a huge benefit,” he said. “Now, nearly every factory has at least one person who speaks English. Things have definitely changed over there.” Continue Reading Simple handshake foundation for Elope’s Chinese partnership

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Larry Hollar, president of Hollar Seeds, recently ended a seven-year joint venture with a Chinese partner.
Hollar said a lack of effective, timely communication led him to sell his share of the Chinese farm to his partner for what he originally invested.
“They initiated the sale,” Hollar said. “We had started wholesaling seed through a different method in that same area. We called it walking on two legs — but our partner didn’t appreciate it at all.” Continue Reading Hollar Seeds’ Chinese partnership fails, but company bullish on foreign markets

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Colorado not facing SCHIP crisis – yet

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While children in some states will immediately have no insurance coverage if President George W. Bush and Congress can’t reach an agreement about the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, Colorado’s children will be covered at least through 2008.
Some states will run out of money as early as March without an increase in funding, but Colorado’s program should be solvent through the end of next year, said Joanne Lindsay, spokeswoman for the Department of Health Care policy and Financing. Continue Reading Colorado not facing SCHIP crisis – yet

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About 111 million workdays are lost each year because of the flu — costing American businesses more than $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity.
And this year, Colorado’s mild fall weather has had an unintended consequence: fewer people have received an influenza vaccination. Continue Reading Despite bountiful supply, not many flu shot takers

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Fewer employers offer health insurance coverage

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Employer-based health insurance coverage has declined for the sixth year in a row.
The Economic Policy Institute reports that about 59 percent of Americans were covered by employer-based insurance last year, nearly 2.3 million fewer than during 2000.
The percentage of children covered by employer-based insurance also was 59 percent, but 2.4 million fewer children were covered during 2006 than during 2000, and public health insurance programs no longer offset these losses. Continue Reading Fewer employers offer health insurance coverage

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